Women in Rhode Island are typically paid 84 cents for every dollar paid to men in the state. This pattern is even starker for women of color: for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men, Asian women make 77 cents, Black women make 59 cents, and Latinas make just 50 cents. The wage gap for Rhode Island women amounts to a typical annual loss of $9,037.3 That loss is equal to almost 10 month’s rent, 10 months of child care in a center, or 20 months of health insurance premiums. In Rhode Island, 69.2% of mothers are breadwinners or cobreadwinners for their families. The wage loss hurts both women and the many Rhode Island families that depend on their wages.

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